Musée de Plein Air des Maisons Comtoises, Besancon
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Transport yourself back to a simpler time at Musée de Plein Air des Maisons Comtoises, an open-air street museum--the brainchild of Father Jean Garneret who sought to preserve a disappearing way of life by transporting 29 rural houses from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries to the site. All of the homes you will see are authentic including the furnishings, décor, and workshops.

Diverse organically grown gardens feature heirloom vegetables, herb gardens, and textile and dye-making plants. Live exhibitions show you how artisans and farmers created bricks and materials from mud, baked bread, and spun and weaved wool. The animal museum reflects the relationship between humans and farm animals, and preserves old domestic breeds to encourage their survival. You will also find a rare mountain beehive in existence since the 19th century. Put Musée de Plein Air des Maisons Comtoises at the forefront of your travel plans using our Besancon travel itinerary planner.
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  • Allow a half day, because there is a lot to see. Interesting as to the history and evolution of the Habitat. Try fall as guides, this makes the visit even more exciting. Do
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  • Do without hesitation, especially if the weather because we walk outside and it's very nice. It plunges 40 years back the houses and farms are wonderful very nice and it changes a little of what was used to...
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  • Do the weather because it's largely in the open air; the reconstructed houses are like at the time.. .and thus without heating
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  • Great day out with the kids. Run an amazing house of twigs workshop in its forrest. Restaurant has its own opening times so plan ahead or picnic in adjacent fields.
  • Interesting museum in a nice setting. Don't miss the excellent restaurant on site.
  • Do not miss this open air museum when in the Besancon area.
  • today with my family, we were on a day with a lot of old trades: spinner, carder, lace, cheese... Super interesting and informative. And for the kids what a pleasure of basketry and pottery on a tour to the old
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  • Too bad more too d animation and more animals too. still a good time to pass
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